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2-22
Recap

Coma Coma Coma Coma Coma Chameleon

Chapter Forty-Four - Ronnie attempts persuade Jamal to rat out his brother while Harry lies dying. Everyone prays for Harry, many of them in Hebrew. Steven refuses to leave Harry's side while Scott runs Winslow.

05.19.2002
05.25.2002
B

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2-21
Recap

Fat City

Chapter Forty-Three - When Jamal's brother shoots a liquor store owner while Jamal looks on, Harry and Ronnie tell him to turn himself in. Dick Teachie begins a campaign to end student obesity. Scott and Steven lock horns over leadership. Marilyn deals with a student who has a compulsion to eat her own hair. No, really, she does.

05.12.2002
05.19.2002
B+

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2-20
Recap

Dark Side of the Prom

Chapter Forty-Two - Marla gets a second chance at love when her high school boyfriend shows up to take her to the prom. Ronnie tries to keep doing good in the life of Homeless Natalie. Lauren finally agrees to go on a date with Scott. And various prom scandals, from the transgendered prom queen candidate to the dates-for-dollars program, are systematically ignored by Scott and Steven.

05.05.2002
05.12.2002
B

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2-19
Recap

It's My Party, And I'll Bring A Twenty-Year-Old Former Student If I Want To

Chapter Forty-One - At Harry's surprise birthday party, Steven is forced to reveal that he may be leaving Winslow, and Scott learns that Marla's name is on Steven's list of potential replacements. Ronnie is miffed when Harry brings Slow-lita as his date. Meredith is there, too. Harvey videotapes the whole affair. DaveKelley's Child sings.

04.28.2002
05.05.2002
C+

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2-18
Recap

Once a Slow-lita, Always a Slow-lita

Chapter Forty - Harvey is visited by a sixty-year-old black man who claims to be his son. Harry is revisited by Dana Poole. Scott learns that certain teachers who tutor students in their own classes will sometimes inadvertently give them clues about what might be on the test, compromising the fairness of the grading system.

04.21.2002
04.28.2002
B

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2-17
Recap

Do you cyber-stalk here often?

Chapter Thirty-Nine - Ronnie tries to get involved in a student's drug-life problems, clearly not having learned her lesson from the last three attempts, with predictably disastrous results. Harry helps. Also, is Dr. Benji a cyber-stalker? Not really, but that doesn't stop everyone from treating him that way. A doping scandal rocks the world of...one baseball player.

03.17.2002
03.27.2002
B

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2-16
Recap

Porn To Be Wild

Chapter Thirty-Eight - When a student has a panic attack, it's up to Steven to get various other people to point fingers at Lauren. Meanwhile, a senior poses for a porn magazine, and Ronnie tries to convince her not to. Dick Teachie asks Marilyn out. And Scott fires, and breaks up with, The Hook Lady, because she hits a student, but she manages to make him feel like that's not a good enough reason to do either.

03.10.2002
03.17.2002
B-

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2-15
Recap

Today's word of the day is...

Chapter Thirty-Seven - This recap explores the inappropriateness of racial invective, and therefore contains coarse racial slurs. Recap reader discretion is advised. But there will be, no doubt, an online chat in the forums after the recap is concluded.

02.24.2002
03.03.2002
B+

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2-14
Recap

Friends don't let friends sue the drunk drivers who killed their friends

Chapter Thirty-Six - A car accident claims the lives of three Winslow High students, two of whom never existed before this episode. But the third is Zack, so Ronnie is devastated. Harry fails a student for the year, then knocks him unconscious, thereby somehow saving the boy from ruination. Harvey Lipschultz reveals that he is a reincarnation of George Washington and Cleopatra.

02.17.2002
02.24.2002
C+

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2-13
Recap

The Royal HarperPetersBaums

Chapter Thirty-Five - When Brooke and Jeremy plan to go on a date, Meredith flips out with joy and plans their entire future. When Max dies of cancer, Harry decides he's quitting, for about six minutes. Lauren reveals her anorexic past in the interest of helping current sufferers.

02.10.2002
02.17.2002
B-

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2-12
Recap

Bullies suck.

Chapter Thirty-Four - A bombing plot is foiled, but Lauren is suspicious of the foiler. Steven does good impressions, and Scott does bad ones. Teachie learns that helping people only makes him look stupid. Harvey and Marilyn sing a beautiful love duet. Marla gives a speech about bullies.

02.03.2002
02.10.2002
B-

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2-11
Recap

The Great Debate

Chapter Thirty-Three - Brooke likes older men, but her father doesn't. Harry hates Scott, so they battle it out using students as pawns in their sick game. Lauren and Ronnie and The Exposition Fairy all butt in where they're neither wanted nor needed.

01.27.2002
02.03.2002
B

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2-10
Recap

Harvey's lost the fire

Chapter Thirty-Two - Is it teen pregnancy? Is it father-daughter incest? Is it something that looks like both, but makes no sense? Yes. Also, Dick Teachie is an atheist, Harvey prepares for the biggest speech of his career, and Lauren gets between Scott and The Hook Lady, which is as dumb as it sounds.

01.20.2002
01.27.2002
C-

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2-9
Recap

Therapy, Both Aquatic and Landbound

Chapter Thirty-One - Marilyn has to determine where to draw the line between art and kiddie porn. The Fake Hand Lady has to learn to show affection to her son. Dick Teachie and Talk Time are hiding something. And Fyvush Finkel glosses U.S. foreign policy: "Move. 'Cause the bombs are coming."

01.13.2002
01.20.2002
B

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2-8
Recap

Aren't you a little old to still be gay?

Chapter Thirty - Ronnie helps out a kid with ADD, whose parents are afraid that the medication he needs will stifle his creative impulses. The school production of the gay play continues apace, but puts the school's arts funding at risk. Meredith finds out about Jeremy's sexuality, and is upset that Scott hid the truth from her for so long. Steven is asked by a former student on death row to be present at his execution.

01.06.2002
01.12.2002
C+

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2-7
Recap

Oscar was Wilde, but Thornton was Wilder

Chapter Twenty-Nine - When a student writes a really good essay about death, Harry's brood-o-meter goes into overdrive. X tells Steven that maybe they should think about giving things another try. Billy Zane sings, really well. Talk Time takes the time to talk to Teachie, to tell Teachie that Teachie teaches Talk Time...well. Scott buys a hand for The New Hand Lady, and also sees Jeremy smooching a guy during rehearsals for Our Town Two. Really.

12.09.2001
12.16.2001
B

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2-6
Recap

Rave against the machine

Chapter Twenty-Eight - Is Brooke using drugs? No, but Steven and X get pretty mad anyway. The Exposition Fairy tries to fill her meaningless life with the power of song by forming a band with Marla and Marilyn. Scott convinces The Hook Lady to lay her missing hand to rest, literally, in the soil in her backyard. Ronnie defends a student accused of statutory rape.

12.02.2001
12.09.2001
B-

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2-5
Recap

"I remember braces...ice cream nights."

Chapter Twenty-Seven - Teachie nearly lands in jail after beating the crap out of some guy, but Ronnie helps him out. Anthony Heald and The Hook Lady go to therapy together. And is the next, next, next, next, next, next, next Britney Spears right under Lauren's nose at Winslow High? Yes. Oh, and The Exposition Fairy's been writing that sex column.

11.25.2001
12.01.2001
C+

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2-4
Recap

By Hook or by Brooke

Chapter Twenty-Six - When Steven's daughter Brooke gets expelled from her private school, she has to enroll at Winslow, where Steven is both her father and her principal. Hijinks ensue. Marla continues her crusade for a low-fat school. Boredom ensues. Dick Teachie's class takes Harvey to court. Use of "per se" and "alleged" and "putative" ensues. Billy Zane sings, and gets laughed at.

11.18.2001
11.25.2001
B-

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2-3
Recap

I'm...hooked on Scott Guber...and on how he says, "Look at meeeeeee."

Chapter Twenty-Five - Scott has a girlfriend. Unfortunately, she's the lady with the hook who might be crazy, or maybe it's her son who's crazy. Or both of them. Also, Marla gives a lecture on guns for no reason, Steven is upset according to Lauren, Harvey gets sued by the students, and Jamaal gets caught plagiarizing a college essay.

11.11.2001
11.18.2001
B-

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2-2
Recap

I wanna, like, go to a challengin' school, and stuff

Chapter Twenty-Four - A prize pupil of Lauren's has her eyes on Princeton, but an unexpected pregnancy puts a crimp in her plan, and also a fetus in her womb. Ronnie Cook teaches reincarnation, and creationism, and for some reason is not warmly welcomed by either the students or her fellow teachers. Scott gets the therapy he sorely needs, and so does The Hook Lady.

11.04.2001
11.11.2001
C+

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2-1
Recap

Who would give up six figures to teach high school?

Chapter Twenty-Three - Seven of Nine and her figure, that's who. Except, since she's really a TV actress, she's making six figures to play someone who would give up six figures to teach. Which is everything that's wrong with this country. Everything else about Winslow High appears to be exactly the same, except that Michael Rapaport's around now, and there's a very small science teacher. VERY small.

10.28.2001
11.03.2001
C-

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1-22
Recap

Finkel sums it all up: "I know you're never glad to see me."

Chapter Twenty-Two - The season ends with The Exposition Fairy getting a big storyline. Not. Instead, Steven has to handle more self-pity from Scott, who then wins a Popularity Award, thus defying all reason. Lauren gets suspended for the summer for having a loaded gun. Kevin Jackson inspires everyone with the "We have no dreams" speech. Lots of slow-motion hand-shaking in robes. Inigo Montoya guest stars. And we learn what happened to Jeremy's mom. Key Grip tosses a cap in the air and screams jubilantly now that school's out.

05.20.2001
05.27.2001
C+

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1-21
Recap

Finkel on Guber: "He is the finest educator I have ever known."

Chapter Twenty-One - When Lauren finds a creepy album full of pictures of her, she suspects that Daniel Evans might be a frigging loon. Speaking of which, Marla tries to get around the laws preventing her from revealing the criminal past of a student to his new girlfriend. Also, Scott gets interviewed at Exeter, but Steven inadvertently lets on that Scott may not be qualified for the job.

05.13.2001
05.20.2001
B

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1-20
Recap

Fyvush on Ebonics: "That bubonic speech doesn't sound intelligent."

Chapter Twenty - Mrs. Peters bakes yummy brownies and takes an interest in her son's work at school, and that means it's time for Marilyn to flip out and stalk her. Kevin Jackson debates with flair, but gets a little overzealous at a crucial moment, costing Scott his championship. Steven's budding no-mance with Michelle Roening is nipped in the bud by reality. Key Grip mourns the unjust exile of the Josh Dodes Band from VH1.

05.06.2001
05.13.2001
B-

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1-19
Recap

Fyvush on why a student riots: "Because he's black."

Chapter Nineteen - Scott tries to improve his debate team by recruiting Mr. Jackson, who thinks he's crazy, and Anthony Ward, who's too busy defending himself against impending expulsion over his hit-list. Lisa Greer graduates "early" while Marilyn frets that one of her students won't graduate at all if she doesn't defend him from his crazy mother. Best of all, Lauren gets off on being called "Ms. Davis" during sex with a former student.

04.29.2001
05.06.2001
B-

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1-18
Recap

Finkel on his students: "I think Marla's done something with them."

Chapter Eighteen - Not even the drums stolen from ER can save Christine Banks from cardiovascular disaster, when she turns out to be (gasp) a tiny bit out of shape. Marla insults all janitors, but really only meant to insult some of them. Harry, for some reason, tries to get Dana Poole to stop stripping, and to stop being ashamed of her abject poverty. Scott gets trigger-happy with his termination cannon. Coach Kevin and his idiotic new hair guest star.

04.22.2001
04.29.2001
D+

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1-17
Recap

Fyvush on Shakespeare: "He has a sexual lewd problem."

Chapter Seventeen - It's a good day for Scott Guber, as he suspends eighty-seven different students, uncovers a pot-smoking ring, gets to teach Shakespeare with Lisa Greer, and gets Lauren to be nice to him for five seconds. It's a rough day for Steven as he becomes overwhelmed by negatives, and realizes he doesn't pay enough attention to the positive aspects of the school. And it's a kind of breaking-even day for Harry, when his crimes are exposed, but he also learns how to grieve.

04.15.2001
04.22.2001
A

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1-16
Recap

In which Fyvush Finkel is asked, "Where are your pants?"

Chapter Sixteen - Harry's suicide club gets him in trouble with parents, and his brooding silence gets him in trouble with Lauren, who gets him to come clean about his peripheral responsibility for Tyron's death, and then dumps him. Marla sends her entire class to the principal's office. Anthony Ward has a list of students he'd like to kill, but Big Boy thinks it's okay, even though Big Boy himself is on the list. Go figure.

03.25.2001
04.01.2001
B+

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1-15
Recap

Fyvush Finkel repeatedly insists, "There's nothing wrong with my mind!"

Chapter Fifteen - Tyron tries to run away from his problems, but he's a good actor, so we want him to stay. In addition, we get accusations of molestation, by a female student, against Tina Knowles the cheerleading coach. Also, Key Grip begins to fear that Tina and Jenna are being groomed to replace Milton and Kevin as cast regulars, and also attempts to recap the very end of the episode without ever having seen it.

02.25.2001
03.04.2001
B-

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1-14
Recap

What's in a name?

Chapter Fourteen - Well, Marla's got Pips and Guber's got Pops. Harper's got a stiff and Harry sparks a tiff. Louisa needs a bra and Harry has a pa. Lisa teaches class and Jenna admires ass. Lauren throws a fit and Harvey tries to quit. Key Grip takes a leave and Keckler starts to heave. But from sticks and beanstalks to batons and elephants, we've got penis jargon up the ying raging gay yang.

02.18.2001
02.25.2001
D+

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1-13
Recap

Fyvush Finkel's only damn line: "I don't go to Doyle's much."

Chapter Thirteen - Eleanor Frutt makes lots of persuasive legal arguments on behalf of Kevin Riley. As a result, the school’s lawyer, whose name is too long to reasonably type here, becomes so intimidated that she needs Steven to make her closing statement. After Lauren discovers that Harry has a past, she won’t talk to him until he makes her, and then she yells. Speaking of yelling, all the pent-up aggression that has been building between Anthony Heald and Steven explodes into a wacky firestorm of yelling. Yelling for everybody!

02.11.2001
02.20.2001
B-

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1-12
Recap

Finkel Finkel little star: "These girls grow up so fast. And they all want us."

Chapter Twelve - Good thing Harvey has at least that line in this episode, or Key Grip would have had to abandon that running gag. Harry struggles with the strange dichotomy of a choir boy who shoots people, while not telling Lauren about it. It's the end of the affair, hopefully, for Milton and Lisa, after which Anthony Heald feels free to fire everybody who makes the mistake of coming into his office. No sign of the Exposition Fairy, and very little Marla, but we do see Ms. Souter conducting something, so that's nice.

02.04.2001
02.11.2001
B+

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1-11
Recap

Finkel me this, Finkel me that: "You look horrible."

Chapter Eleven - When Lauren seeks a loan from her ex-boyfriend, you know wacky hijinks will ensue. And they do, when she doesn't get the loan, and loses her dream house! And speaking of wacky, Kevin wants to ask out Marilyn, but everyone gets confused and think he wants to ask out Marla. Including Marla! Oh, but will the wackiness ever stop? No, because Lisa Greer's ass accidentally calls Scott Guber on the phone, and we all know what Lisa Greer's ass has been up to! Also, the cheerleaders take their shirts off.

01.21.2001
01.27.2001
B

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1-10
Recap

Fyvush Finkel says, "African-American Black colored Negroes." No, really, he does.

Chapter Ten - Anthony Heald makes it his mission to get Harvey Lipschultz fired, and despite Harvey's non-stop demonstrations of how unfit he is to teach, terminating him proves to be unbelievably fraught with difficulty. Not least because Lauren deals some more with her suspicions about her own knee-jerk racism. Marilyn discovers that a student is being sexually abused by her father, and takes action with the help of a very-welcome reappearance by Heavy D as Mr. Lick. Milton and Lisa end up on Cheryl's website, which continues to have great sound effects.

01.14.2001
01.23.2001
B-

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1-9
Recap

And Fyvush says, at the last possible moment, "You want a war, Scott? You've got one!"

Chapter Nine - A comedy of errors ensues when the faculty attempts to figure which of their students shot someone that morning on the way to school. Harry has fun with a metal detector in The Dungeon, and Kevin has plenty of advice for Milton -- or, rather, one piece of advice repeated over and over again. In the end, Harry nearly gets Lauren killed, and then takes her dancing.

01.07.2001
01.13.2001
C+

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1-8
Recap

What was that, Fyvush? "And rain is wet." Oh.

Chapter Eight - When someone slips E into Harvey Lipschultz's coffee, he responds much like Andie McPhee, but with better acting. The drug ring that is thereby exposed causes the usual headache for Principal Steven. And speaking of drugs: Milton says his new Harvard girlfriend is like a drug, and Juan Figgis's mom gets arrested for drugs. Drugs for everybody!

12.10.2000
12.16.2000
B

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1-7
Recap

And The Finkel Saith: "That Didn't Go Well."

Chapter Seven - Marilyn tries to talk a student out of putting silicone or saline in her chest, but has trouble because she's so hot. Someone finally backs up a threat to take the school to court, and wins. Someone else does, too, and also wins. And Steven tells Lauren she's racist, just because she discriminates against the black students.

12.03.2000
12.11.2000
C-

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1-6
Recap

During which Fyvush Finkel intones, "She beats those kids for pleasure!"

Chapter Six - Wacky Mrs. Walsh gets off on paddling the kids, and Saliva Webster gets off on spitting in Lauren's face. The sudden death of beloved math teacher Tim McMann sets off an outbreak of prayer, and also a scandal when his journal reveals a torrid affair with a student. Lauren and Harry share their first kiss, shattering Key Grip's prediction.

11.26.2000
12.02.2000
B

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1-5
Recap

In which things are too sad for Fyvush Finkel to make fun of him

Chapter Five - ove, and lack thereof, is in the air. Unwanted memories of his dead wife lead to an unfortunate outburst from Harvey in front of the whole school. Various potential couples (Milton and Exposition; Harry and Lauren) take timid steps towards romance, even as Anthony Heald finally admits out loud that he's in love with Lauren. And lots and lots of lovin' comes the way of various senior guys who target girls, the younger the better, according to a complex scoring system probably outside of their mathematical grasp.

11.19.2000
11.21.2000
D

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1-4
Recap

In which Fyvush Finkel says, "Beedle-deedle-deedle-dee"

Chapter Four - Election shenanigans more alarming even than those in Florida when a candidate drops to her knees for her cause. Meanwhile, Harvey Lipschultz gets ready to perform in another way, not knowing his song has become a running gag passed down through every generation of students. Harry Senate can't give the unorthodox teaching methods a rest even for one lousy episode. A good student goes bad when Principal Steve won't sign off on his application for an academic award. And Key Grip struggles to keep track of the ten other plot-lines piled on top of this.

11.12.2000
11.19.2000
D

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1-3
Recap

Wherein Fyvush Finkel says, "You've been making eyes at their buttocks area."

Chapter Three - Bobby Renfro is worried about losing his scholarship to B.C. because it's a Jesuit school. Cheryl Holt, being a journalist, is reluctant expose cheaters and bullies, but she is inclined to out the sexuality of an innocent football player who's done nothing wrong. Lauren has a discussion about cannibalism that we're supposed to think is controversial, and Harry Senate takes a kid to the morgue. Marilyn and Milton do nothing at all. Anthony Heald rocks the house by scaring the hell out of several students.

11.05.2000
11.09.2000
D

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1-2
Recap

Wherein Fyvush Finkel says, "Look at my knockers!"

Chapter Two - Cheryl makes further mischief on the web, incurring the wrath of the shriveled old Jew, who turns out to be tougher and have more tricks up his sleeve than timorous young Jew Milton Buttle. And Principal Steve gets a visit from The Dragon Lady, a.k.a. Madame Superintendent, who super-intends to get his ass canned.

10.29.2000
11.03.2000
D

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1-1
Recap

Wherein Fyvush Finkel says, "Look at those breasts!"

Chapter One - DEK leaves no cliché unturned: we've got an athlete with low grades, a teacher having an affair with a student, a depressed teacher who's gone off her medication and a bullied nerd who won't talk.

10.22.2000
10.26.2000

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